Monika Lipšic's talk at Hamidrasha Gallery will focus on her long-term engagement with the notion that “the future is certain and the past is unpredictable”. An idea she previously addressed in two exhibitions in London and Houston. This notion is in fact a bitter joke from the last century's Soviet Union.
The ongoing installment of the three new exhibitions dealing with interrogations and disruptions at Hamidrasha gallery, opening two days after the lecture, December 20, serve as a background for the talk about concepts shaping our perception of history and time. Using the example of artworks from previous shows as well as stories from the institutional processes, this talk will aim to nurture the context for the upcoming shows at Hamidrasha gallery as well as revealing once again the complex issues of nationalism and historical processes.
Monika Lipšic is a curator, artist and researcher based in Vilnius and Berlin. In 2012–2016 Monika worked as a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius. For the past few years she curated and produced performance art in European organizations (Nomas Foundation, Rome; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; STUK, Leuven and others). In 2017 she curated a solo show by Slavs and Tatars ‘Mouth to Mouth’ (CAC, Vilnius) and a group show ‘The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable’ at Calvert22 Foundation, London, that later expanded and travelled to Blaffer Art Museum Houston (2018). Recently she was nominated CEC Artslink award and was in a residency at CCA Wattis, San Francisco. Currently she is interested in the writing and re-writing of history and representation of absurdity.
Monika Lipšic's trip to Israel was initiated by Raw Art gallery and is supported by Lietuvos kultūros institutas / Lithuanian Culture Institute and Outset Bialik Residency (Outset Contemporary Art Fund).